Community Education offers Elderhostel programs
South Florida Community College’s Community Education department is offering two Elderhostel programs in Highlands County this fall. These four-day programs will showcase local and regional events, interesting places, and unique people. Elderhostel is America’s first and the world’s largest educational travel organization. Beginning in October, Elderhostel will be open to those age 18 and older.
“Wings and Wheels: Sport Aviation and Fast Cars: Behind the Scenes at Sebring International Raceway” begins Monday, Oct. 26. During the fast-paced week, participants will meet aircraft inventors, pilots, racing instructors, and drivers as they observe the aircraft-manufacturing process, watch test drives on the track, visit the raceway and Skip Barber Racing School, and explore a private museum of race cars and military planes. They will also examine Sebring Regional Airport’s history, explore its premises and manufacturing operations, and meet with the designer of an aircraft for a National Geographic excursion in the Congo.
“Shalom Aleichem! Exploring the Jewish Tradition in Rural Florida” begins Wednesday, Nov. 11. This program will focus on Sebring’s history and Jewish heritage as participants experience the welcoming atmosphere of this small, eclectic congregation and share in the stories, voices, and food of its people. See how Orthodox and Reform Jews and non-Jewish members form a family who live and work together in this rural congregation. Visit the Sebring Historical Society to learn more about the family that was so instrumental in building the local synagogue, and discuss how George Sebring welcomed the first Jewish settlers with open arms. Hear from local Jewish businesspeople, members of the Temple Israel congregation and its rabbi, and share in Shabbat activities that include a covered-dish supper on Friday. The activities will also include a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at Highlands Little Theater, a study of the differences between Jewish ideologies, and a rap session with the rabbi at the Temple Israel.
Local commuters can participate in these Elderhostel programs at a reduced rate which excludes lodging and breakfast. For information about registration and commuter rates, call Elderhostel, Inc. at (877) 426-8056 or enroll online at www.elderhostel.org. Ask for program #16778 (“Wings and Wheels”) or #17569 (“Shalom Aleichem!”). For general information, call Becky Rousch, SFCC Community Education director at 784-7392.